Vote To Close Medi-Cal Budget Hole Breaks Republicans’ Anti-Tax Streak
Although the bills are being called a "tax cut" by some due to the fact that there's a net positive fiscal effect on some of California's largest insurers, Republican lawmakers had to weigh the political ramifications of voting for a tax.
The Los Angeles Times:
GOP Legislators Voting For Taxes? It's Not Likely To Happen Again Anytime Soon
While Republicans had cast healthcare tax votes since 2009, those were for extensions of an existing levy on only a few health plans. The new tax signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday broadly applies to all managed care plans and thus has the potential to affect millions of Californians. (Myers, 3/2)